Panto promotes art competition

Jack and the Beanstalk poster

Rye’s first professional pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk, which is supported by Arts Council England, local charity ARRCC and Rother District Council, will run December 9-27 at the Rye Creative Centre theatre. It has announced a themed artwork competition with prizes for children across a variety of age groups. The winner of each category will receive a family ticket to the show and also have their artwork displayed at the Jack and the Beanstalk exhibition, which will run throughout the pantomime at the Rye Creative Centre.

Children of all abilities can enter and the theme of Jack and the Beanstalk can be interpreted freely. The pantomime itself, directed by Jeremy Tustin and produced by professional actress Hayley-Marie Axe, is tailor-made and incorporates local legends, so entrants can feel free to take inspiration from some of the characters; Winchelsea Will, The Maids of Iden, The Ogre of Brede, Fairy Nuff or Romney the Lamb.

The categories are as follows:
Reception – year 3
Juniors – year 4-6
Key stage 3 – year 7-9
Key stage 4 – year 10-11
Key stage 5 – year 12-13

Please post or hand deliver entries by November 24 to:
Rye Creative Centre
New Road
TN31 7LS

There will also be a volunteer set party organised during November on a date to be confirmed, to paint the fantastic sets created for the pantomime by artist Luke Hannam. Wine and nibbles will be provided for those turning up to support and further workshops will also be arranged around set construction, stage make up, costume, props and stage management. Those interested in taking part should register by getting in touch by email on


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